)st of us like to do the fun things that comewith our business, like shooting and manewer-ing. And guys in our sister branches get just asexcited about shooting large bullets at targetsthey can't see and jumping from perfectly opera-tional airplanes. But when
comes to trackingthe ammo, fuel, and chow from supply point toconsumer, we would rather let someone
handle the mundane, unglamorous details.
tend to the attitude illustrated by a remark thatAdmiral Ernest J. King made to a staff officer in1942,
don't know what the hell this 'logistics'is that Marshall is always talking about, but
want some of
Few would challenge the wisdom of a state-ment attributed to the Duke of Wellington duringthe Peninsular Campaign in
is verynecessary to attend to all this detail and to tracea biscuit from Lisbon into a man's mouth on thefrontier and to provide for its removal from placeto place by land
by water, or no militaryoperations can be carried out."Nevertheless, logistics continues to be a pain
the neck and
getting lower all
time. Toexamine some facets of the problem, we offer atrilogy of articles. In Armor's Achilles Heel,Tank Sergeant author Ralph Zumbro throws thelight of hindsight on the difficulties in trying tosupply dispersed armor units in Vietnam. MAJMartin
Dempsey and CPT Alfred C. Tannerteam up to offer solutions to the dilemma oftrying to refuel while providing the enemy alucrative target, in Hot Refuel: Part of
Agility Equation. And finally,
explains well how to use a support matrix tosimplify and streamline
difficult supportplatoon mission in The Battalion SupportPlatoon at the NTC.George
Custer did many things well. Forall we know, Generals Terry and Gibbon mayhave said, "You done good," to him on manyoccasions. But in June
Custer's intel-ligence preparation of the battlefield couldhave used some work. 1LT Steven J. Martintakes a non-traditional ook at the LittleBighorn debacle in Defeat at the GreasyGrass, and shows us how to reap lessonsfrom pre-mechanized history applicable to thefind art of IPB.
pair of authors provides insight on how tomagnify two combat multipliers. While we tendto think "defense" when we think mortars, CPTRichard F. Atkinson shows us the flip side inEmploying he Heavy Mortar Platoon
theOffensive. And CPT Richard
Cardillo Jr. ex-plains how critical the commander's intent isto the
in Commander's Intent and theField Artillery.In a more lighthearted vein, MAJ HaroldCoyle, author of the best-sellers, TeamYankee and Sword Point, gives us his tongue-in-cheek version of the origin of
NTC inBook One: Genocide.In concluding,
would like to introduce oyou PFC Jody Harmon, our new contributingartist. This issue marks his first cover, and youcan find his work throughout the issue. Hejoins SFC Robert Torsrud in producing llustra-tions of a quality that we think is the best inthe professional bulletin business.There is more here.
you can't find some-thing you can use,it'syour fault.
By Order of the Secretary of the Army:CARL
General, United States
Chief of StaffOfficial:WILLIAM
Brigadier General, United States ArmyThe Adjutant General